Where We Want to Live - Ryan Gravel
From Katie Gentilello
Ryan Gravel, author of the original Georgia Tech thesis that initiated the Atlanta Beltline, presents his new book, “Where We Want to Live – Reclaiming Infrastructure for a New Generation of Cities,” which investigates the cultural role of infrastructure. By invoking examples as wide-ranging as the small and elegant High Line in New York City to the revitalization of the vast and unruly Los Angeles River, Ryan describes how people everywhere are already reclaiming obsolete infrastructure as renewed conduits of urban life. More than discrete projects, he argues, they represent an emerging cultural momentum that will require us to forget tired old arguments about traffic, pollution, blight, and sprawl, and instead leverage those conditions as assets in the creation of something far more interesting than anything we’ve seen so far.